‘ Football is emotion ‘ is a widely used expression. The last time we notice that these emotions are high. How do we make sure that players have their emotions under control and are busy only with the football itself? Or: how do you coach the emotions of your players?

Scientists often make a distinction between two types of emotions: primary and secondary. Primary emotions are direct responses to something from the environment such as the feeling of fear when you almost get hit by a car. Secondary reactions are more complex and not innate but taught based on previous experiences. In these cases it is not so much the situation itself that causes the emotion, but the way you interpret the situation. You experience the situation as threatening, creates a feeling of anxiety and tension. This feeling then affects your behavior (you move Woody, avoids risk ´ s). Do you interpret the situation in a different way, you will have other thoughts and other emotions. This results in different behavior.
Changing the situation itself, is much more difficult. There is always a referee that takes a disputable decision. Or an opponent who is wining ‘. These situations or persons you can not change or exclude, they belong with football. You can, however, affect the way you handle it.

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